As I’m putting the backings onto the next set of ornaments, I thought I’d post the process I go through to turn a stitched design into an ornament.
First, use a circle template or compass to draw three concentric circles on the back of the ornament in pencil. The design should be at the center of all the circles. The first circle is 2.5″ in diameter, for the finished size of the ornament, the second is 3″, and the third is 3.5″.
Cut the fabric along the circumference of the outermost circle.
Cut a 2.5″ circle out of self-adhesive mounting board (you could use cardboard and just spray adhesive on one side of it), and line it up with the center circle on the fabric. Press down so the adhesive sticks.
Using two strands of sewing thread, sew running stitch along the line of the remaining circle. Pull tight as you go; we’ll use this to gather the fabric at the back.
Put a line of glue along the outer edge of the back of the mounting board, under the fabric.
Pull the threads tight and knot them together. Press the fabric edge down into the glue so it is as flat as possible.
Cut a 6-inch piece of ribbon and a 2.5″ circle out of felt.
Glue the ribbon to the top of the ornament in such a way that the ornament will hang straight when put on a hook or tree. Then draw another line of glue along the edge of the ornament on the back.
Place the felt circle onto the ornament, pressing down around the edges.
Put the ornament under a heavy book to dry overnight, and when you wake up your ornament will be finished!